A Paladin’s Journey Through Steam: May 8th, 2015. Rock Opera, Dystopian Golf and More.

Three old Star Trek games were launched to GOG and Steam.

Three old Star Trek games were launched to GOG and Steam this week.

First week of May comes to an end.

This post is part of a series where I feature the most interesting new releases on Valve’s Steam store. With my first impressions commentary to go along with each. Learn more about this series at this blog post.

Feature: Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame – Act I & Act II

Puzzle Platformer for Windows only.

Puzzle Platformer for Windows only.

I did see some initial gameplay of this title and while I was initially intrigued by the concept, it looks clunky. Levels too spread out, the music mechanic is wonky and it mostly seems to be a 3rd person light platformer with odd puzzles. It’s pretty rare to see a game mix the OST and mechanics into one experience. And a rock opera at that, with names that I recognize. It’s too bad that a studio with a bigger budget couldn’t have handled the concept. I think it could have been better fleshed out. But, even if the devs might be overstepping it’s abilities, I think I need to play Karmaflow at some point.

Feature: Dex

2D Cyberpunk aRPG for Windows, Mac & Linux.

2D Cyberpunk aRPG for Windows, Mac & Linux.

Dunno what it is with certain games but they pull me time to time. I think this one is the unique 2D sidescrolling aspect that I don’t often see in aRPGs. Or maybe it’s more accurate that I haven’t seen it in a while. There seems to be hacking, close and long ranged combat. There’s a surprising amount of voice acting from the trailer (which I’ll admit may be covering for sections of the game with little of it) but, it doesn’t sound too bad for an indie project and the amount of characters with it is surprising. I think there’s something to this one. I think all mixed together, this may be a compelling aRPG experience.

Mixed Feature: Super Indie Karts

Racing game for Windows and MacOSX

Racing game for Windows and MacOSX

I’m featuring this pretty much because it’s got a lot of indie-made characters all racing together with a very Mario Kart-esque setup. It’s way too early access for me to get a better feel for it. Though I’m hoping they improve a lot of what I saw in the trailer before the full release.

Mixed Feature: Vertiginous Golf

Steampunk Golf Game for Windows, Mac & Linux.

Steampunk Golf Game for Windows, Mac & Linux.

When was the last time you saw a game that was a “dystopian steam punk mini-golf adventure game set in the skies above an alternate world…”. Yeah, dystopian mini-golf game. That’s just not something you run into all that often. The devs claim there’s a narrative to boot. Ok, now I’m even more intrigued. Probably not enough to buy it but cmon. I can’t help but be curious about such a crazy concept. It even has multiplayer to boot! *laughs*, what a weird thing to see.

Anti-Feature: Selfie: Sisters of the Amniotic Lens

????????? For Windows only.

????????? For Windows only.

Why in the world you would name your game “selfie”…. Just reading some of the store page is a treat: “Paid air drops, with a twist!”, “quantum physics, metaphysics and retro-future tech combine to immerse you in a nightmare world”, “the most advanced fly A.I. of all time utilizing not only there random state but stable route calculating sense of smell”. If you can make sense of that last sentence, you’re better at reading English than I am. There’s a nonsensical trailer with bizarre graphics (and even more bizarre screenshots) and a claim that its an MMO game. But even better? The developer(s) have a Patreon campaign. I….boy, I have a lot of issues with that. It’s shameless though, it really is. I don’t know, are we to the point where we can accept videogame developers having patreon campaigns? I don’t think so. This is a problematic title not even looking at the game itself….which looks like an acid trip mixed with probably less-than-subtle social commentary, if the store page is anything to go by.

Side Note: Weather Lord: The Successor’s Path

Trailer is just the company’s logo. Nice. Maybe you could add some gameplay or…anything else next time?

Side Note: ….What Did I Just Watch Trailer?: Mars

It features a…..oh let’s be honest: a really awful animation style. Audio is far too low and out of balance. Which makes me wonder how the movie itself sounds. Oh, right, this is a movie I should add, not a videogame. It’s…definitely a unique gem.

Thanks for reading!

-KingIsaacLinksr

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